The Naked Brothers Band

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Tween rockumentary series has a bit of edge.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 144 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this tv show.

Positive messages

Although overall the series celebrates the friendships within the band, the characters' individuality, and their love of music, there's plenty of iffy behavior -- from pranks and strong flirting to arguments and name calling.

Positive role models & representations

The main characters are fairly typical (or at least stereotypical) tween boys -- they make fun of their friends, ogle girls, plan pranks, etc. And the lone parental figure is absent most of the time. On the up side, the cast is notably diverse, and the characters have strong friendships.

Violence

Injuries are sometimes played for laughs. For example, after a light fixture falls on an obnoxiously loud man's head, he's shown covered in an abundance of ice packs and gauze bandages. There's some slapstick-type humor, too (i.e. crotch hits).

Sex

A fair amount of innuendo for a tween-targeted show. Mild flirting scenes highlight the awkwardness of young love. One female character wears very short skirts and skimpy, midriff-baring tops. Alex has a crush on a babysitter.

Language

"Oh my God"; name calling ("booger," "jerk") is common.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this series picks up two years after the The Naked Brothers Band Movie. Because much of the material is inspired by the real-life group of friends who star in it, tweens (especially boys) will find a lot that parallels their own experiences. The show has friendly "pranks" (like rigging a bucket to dump water on a boy's head), short-lived (though heated) verbal arguments, and some adolescent sexy-ish references. On the positive side, each episode showcases the stars' impressive singing and songwriting talents.

User Reviews

Adult Written bykimzim April 9, 2008

marriage farce

The language and sexual representations of traditional marriage were not appropriate. Weddings between men are not funny.
Adult Written bykward April 9, 2008

stupid show

What a shame that you guys can't come up with a story line with out the attitude.... So the reason behing this show is to teach the kids to have a smart m...
Teen, 14 years old Written byRawrIsDinoTalkF... May 11, 2011
I love this show i would suggest it for everyone because its usual for kids to call each other "booger" and "jerk" i mean seriously its not...
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

i hated this

this show is the most horrible show on earth. I can't believe people actually like the show and the music. I can't even desribe how much i hate it, i...

What's the story?

Billed as a "rockumentary" about the celebrity lifestyle of kid rock 'n' rollers, THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND takes a fantasy look at the behind-the-scenes stuff that fans rarely see from their musical idols. Cameras follow the band members from their hangout to rehearsals to music award shows, capturing their struggles with friendship, loyalty, fame, love, and all the uncertainty of early adolescence. Real-life brothers Nat and Alex Wolff star as themselves, along with longtime friends/onscreen band buddies Thomas Batuello and David Levi. Quassim Middleton (who replaces original group member Joshua Kaye) and Allie DiMeco (who plays Nat's love interest, Rosalina) round out the cast. The show picks up two years after where its parent movie, The Naked Brothers Band Movie, left off. The band members have resolved their differences and reaffirmed that their friendship and shared love of music are more important than fame and fortune. Nat (age 11) and Alex (8) continue to write all of the songs, which are featured in each episode's performances and music videos.

Is it any good?

Written and directed by the Wolffs' mom, Polly Draper (thirtysomething), The Naked Brothers Band was inspired by the boys' youthful musical talents, which date from their preschool days. The series keeps it all in the family, with Draper's jazz composer husband, Michael Wolff (The Arsenio Hall Show), co-starring as Nat and Alex's musically inept (onscreen, that is) dad. And Draper's niece, Jesse, lends her talents as the Wolff boys' flighty-but-devoted babysitter.

All in all, the series fares far better than the parent movie did. A little maturity has gone a long way for the young stars, who now tend to steer clear of divisive subject matter and stick to topics that their tween audience will relate to -- like the awkwardness of a budding romance between Nat and Rosalina and the occasional playful prank among the guys (vapor rub instead of hair gel -- ouch!).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' relationships. Do any of the relationships within the band resonate with your tweens?

  • Are the band members' lifestyles far-fetched? Tweens, how do you feel about fame? Would you like to be famous, or is it not worth it?

  • Are the characters good role models? Why or why not?

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